Intel shares fell as much as 9% on Thursday after the company reported better-than-expected second-quarter earnings and said next-generation chips would come out later than it had expected.
Here’s how the company did:
- Earnings: $1.23 per share, adjusted, vs. $1.11 per share as expected by analysts, according to Refinitiv.
- Revenue: $19.73 billion, vs. $18.55 billion as expected by analysts, according to Refinitiv.
With respect to guidance, Intel called for $1.10 in earnings per share on an adjusted basis and $18.2 billion in revenue for its fiscal third quarter. Analysts polled by Refinitiv had expected $1.14 in adjusted earnings per share on $17.90 billion in revenue.
One quarter ago Intel chose not to give full-year guidance, but on Thursday it announced a new forecast for the full year. It now sees $4.85 in adjusted earnings per share and $75 billion in revenue. The consensus among analysts polled by Refinitiv was $4.81 in adjusted earnings per share and revenue of $73.86 billion.
The company announced further delays to production of chips with tiny 7-nanometer transistors for higher performance as it seeks to catch up with AMD, which already has 7-nanometer products available. “The primary driver is the yield of Intel’s 7nm process, which based on recent data, is now trending approximately twelve months behind the company’s internal target,” the company said in a statement.
Overall revenue increased 20% year over year for the quarter that ended on June 27, compared with 23% growth one quarter earlier, Intel said.
Intel’s top business unit, the Client Computing Group that makes chips for PCs, delivered $9.50 billion in revenue in the quarter, growing 7% on an annualized basis and topping the FactSet consensus estimate of $9.10 billion. Industry research group Gartner estimated that second-quarter PC shipments returned to year-over-year growth in the quarter, after a decline in the first quarter in connection with the pandemic.
The Data Center Group, which focuses on chips for cloud providers and server makers, contributed $7.12 billion in revenue, up 43% and above the $6.61 billion FactSet consensus.
The Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group had $1.66 billion in revenue, representing 76% growth and coming in higher than the $1.29 billion consensus.
In the quarter Intel announced the $900 million acquisition of mobility start-up Moovit and the $150 million sale of its home gateway platform business to MaxLinear. It also introduced new chips for gaming PCs and laptops.
Leaving out the after-hours move, Intel shares have risen about 1% since the start of the year, while the S&P 500 is flat.
Executives will discuss the results with analysts on a conference call at 5 p.m. Eastern time.
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